SAN ANTONIO -- Police say a homeowner on the city's northwest side shot a man in the head Wednesday morning for trying to steal a potted plant from his front yard.
The homeowner, in his 60s, grabbed his handgun around 8 a.m. and took several shots a man he claims was stealing a potted plant and other items from his yard at 708 Shadwell, said Sgt. Chris Benavides, a spokesman for the San Antonio Police Department.
The suspect retreated back to his van where he was shot through the windshield and grazed in the head.
One neighbor found herself in the middle of the gunfire and says at first she didn’t think it was real until she smelled the gunpowder. “He had a stance as if he was Dirty Harry. Like come back here or I’m going to shoot you again,” said Andrea Lebron.
Officers caught up to the suspect at the Cabana Apartments, where he lives. He told officers that he had just finished dropping his kids off at school when he was shot in the head.
Benavides said the suspect allegedly stopped at the Shadwell Drive home on his way back from the school.
"When the homeowner saw that someone was trying to steal his plant he used his firearm, shot several times at the suspect," Benavides said. "The suspect was struck one time in the head area. It's my understanding that he was grazed by the bullet."
The suspect, in his 40s, was taken to an area hospital. Police said he will be charged with theft and possibly burglary.
Benavides said the homeowner is being questioned but will not likely be charged.
"At this point he is protected because he was trying to prevent theft on his property," Benavides said.